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In the Miss Marple short story The Companion, Mrs Trout is a resident of St. Mary Mead used by Jane Marple as a "village parallel" for the mystery presented to her.

According to Miss Marple, Mrs Trout drew the old age pensions for three old woman who were died in three different parishes. She suggests that Mrs Trout came from a very poor family and the money, although obtained fraudulently, was very helpful to the children. This fraud went on for some time until Miss Marple exposed it. Miss Marple saw Mrs Trout's case as a parallel which provided the solution behind the death witnessed by Dr. Lloyd in Gran Canaria.

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